Hinsdale's classic of
Michigan archaeology weighs in with some interesting and unique
archaeological sites and fantastic artifacts. From earthworks to barbed
axes, it's all here in a very informative study of the great state of Michigan's
prehistoric past. Exquisite articles of shell, stone, copper, flint,
pottery, bone, etc. are pictured and described.
Hinsdale described his hopes for an archaeological future of
Michigan with these words: "The motive in preparing an introduction to
Michigan archaeology is to bring to public attention, as forcefully as possible,
the fact that the state had, and now has, some rather distinctive antiquities.
In the interest of education and science, these deserve to be studied, preserved
as far as possible, and classified.
The Museum of the University of Michigan would appear
to be a proper center from which surveys may be directed, at least until a
better and permanent arrangement can be made. The desire is to cooperate with
every society, organization, and individual interest that is disposed to lend
its influence to the same effort.
The old haphazard method of digging here and
collecting there, with only the assembling of a collection in view, cannot lead
to any useful results. The state should be plotted and worked in sections.
Perhaps the county would be a convenient unit for study, but counties are purely
artificial districts. A more rational and scientific division would be the
natural regions, such as the River Raisin Valley, the Saginaw Basin, the Grand
River Drainage Area, etc. Collaborators could investigate their local and
adjoining units in such a way that when sufficient facts and data are assembled,
an archaeological atlas, by counties or districts, might be issued as a state
document or bulletin"
This 6" x 8-1/2", 195 page, soft cover,
facsimile reprint is illustrated with
42 full page plates of engravings and photographs. $18.95